Aliexpress used to be a very good platform for Ebay, Amazon and shopify sellers dropshipping from China, however, more and more small business dropship from 1688 along with cross boarder policy promoted by Alibaba group. Aliexpress VS 1688, which is better for dropshipping? We will compare the 2 dropshipping platforms based on their goods category, payment method, shipping methods to reveal the advantages and disadvantages of 1688 and Aliexpress to see how small business could take advantages of these 2 dropshipping platforms to grow their business.
Firstly we\’d like to introduce Aliexpress and 1688 as well as their difference for people new to dropshipping business. AliExpress was formally launched in April 2010, which is the only online trading platform created by Alibaba for the global market. It is called “International Taobao” by a large number of sellers. It is the third largest English online shopping site in the world. 1688 also known as alibaba.cn which focuses on the wholesale and purchasing business. Through specialized operations, it improves customer experience and fully optimizes the business model of corporate e-commerce. At present, 1688 has covered 16 major categories, including raw materials, industrial products, apparel, home department stores, and small commodities, and provides a series of supply services from raw material procurement, production and processing, and wholesale.
We will compare the pros and cons of Aliexpress and 1688 in 6 different ways include language, goods category, payment methods, quality control，shipping delivery time and cost.
Aliexpress is in english which is very easy for dropshipper to search and communicate with suppliers, while 1688 is in Chinese, for small business who dont know Chinese well may have difficult to search goods, read goods description, filter goods as well as communicate with suppliers for more dropshipping details, which takes longer time
Compared to 1688, Aliexpress is more easier for small business to start dropshipping business as it is in English language.
Aliexpress also called English Taobao, it is a B2C website, currently it is around 0.3 million sellers with around 100 million good list, it covers garments, 3C, home, accessories, etc. a total of 30 primary industry categories, while 1688 covers raw materials, industrial products, apparel, home department stores, small commodities and other 16 industry categories which at least 10 times scale as Aliexpress for the goods categories.
Compared to Aliexpress, 1688 has wider choice of goods categories and cheaper price for cross border dropshipping business.
Currently Aliexpress supports credit cards, WebMoney (WM), TT remittance, Western Union, Qiwi wallet and paypal while 1688 supports Alipay (Chinese people only), and Chinese bank online payment, unionpay and bank transfer. Small business could easily pay on Aliexpress if you have a credit card.
However, 1688 doesn\’t allow small business overseas pay online even you have international Alipay account. Which means if you want to dropship from 1688 you need to find a 1688 agent to help you pay for the goods.
The quality is one of the most concern by the small business dropshipping from China. When you dropship from Aliexpress, the quality control mainly conducted by the supplier which might be a little subjective, once your clients received the goods if they are not satisfied which might be fatal to the dropshipping business while you can hardly return them back due to the shipping fee as well as Aliexpress policy.
If you choose a reliable agent to help you dropship from 1688, they may take you photos or videos to help you confirm the quality and texture, you will have briefly idea about the goods quality before dropshipping. If goods quality doesn\’t good enough they can be returned to the supplier for better quality to save time and money and prevent potential dispute caused by the quality.
Aliexpress default delivery service is usually China post air mail, epacket, e-ems and dhl etc. which basically has no difference with 1688 dropshipping. But Aliexpress has free shipping option and the shipping service is slightly cheaper.
From the other aspect, 1688 agent could help dropshipper consolidate multiple goods into one order to ship to clients from multiple suppliers, while Aliexpress need to receive multiple times which doesn\’t offer good user experience.
The dropshipping cost is the main concern for small business, from the information above, Aliexpress dropshipping cost is definitely cheaper than 1688 as it has less steps. For beginners Aliexpress is absolutely the first choice to save dropshipping cost as you only need to pay the goods cost and select free shipping service, while you choose 1688 dropshipping you may need to pay the goods price, domestic shipping, agent fee, international shipping fee as well as the currency fee.
What\’s the advantages of dropshipping from 1688? I think it is more suitable for the dropshipper who want to grow their business with better user experiences in a few aspects. Firstly, dropshipper could wholesale from manufacture directly to lower down goods cost with better quality; secondly, 1688 agent could help double check goods quality to lower down the dispute rates for better user experience; thirdly, 1688 agent could help dropshipper consolidate multiple goods from suppliers into one order and label or branding their packaging for marketing purpose and choose shipping courier flexibly.
The total cost of 1688 dropshipping might be slightly higher than Aliexpress but it definitely provides better user experience as well as brand marketing strategy to help dropshipper grow their business in long terms.
In short, Aliexpress dropshipping is more suitable for beginners who wants to save cost while 1688 dropshipping is more suitable for private label dropshipper who want to build their marketing strategy.
Aliexpress VS 1688 which is better for dropshipping? Now you may have an answer in your mind.